MATCH PREVIEW: Wimborne Town (A)

Wimborne v Yate


Wimborne Town

On Saturday Yate Town make the trip to Dorset to face Wimborne Town, a team that are looking to get back into the Southern League Premier Division South after relegation a couple of seasons ago. Wimborne currently sit in third place in the Southern League Division One South table having won 5 of their 9 league games, drawing two and losing two, scoring 20 goals and conceding just 11. They are the best supported team in the division with an average crowd of just under 600, with 739 at their last home game when they defeated Bristol Manor Farm 4-0 on 14th October with two goals from Harry Barker and one each from Jack Lovell and Jez Bedford. However, last Saturday they came unstuck with only their second League defeat of the season having taken an early lead through Jez Bedford then concede three second half goals to lose 1-3 at Bideford.

Wimborne are managed by Tim Stills, the former Torquay United player, with vast experience in the higher levels of non-league football, and who is well known by Darren Mullings as they were both at the Devon club some years ago. Wimborne were actually knocked out of the FA Cup this season by Torquay United and a large crowd for this local derby, of 1852, witnessed a 0-3 defeat in the Second Qualifying Round.

Stills has brought in some experienced players to a strong squad, and will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat.

On the other hand, Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, will be looking to build on the last two League games which have yielded 6 points with 7 goals scored and only one conceded, however, there are no easy games in this division and the game on Saturday will be a stern test for the Bluebells. Yate Town had to field a depleted side as they lost at Bishops Cleeve on Tuesday evening in the GFA Challenge Cup, where the only bright spots were the performances of young on-loan Bristol City goalkeeper McIntosh Boyd and forward Jeheim Allen both making their debuts for the club. Mullings will be hoping that Dan Dempsey will be fit after coming off in the second half against Exmouth and that the others who had knocks and could not be involved on Tuesday evening might also be available.

Wimborne’s New Cuthbury ground has 275 seats and a capacity of around 2.800. The club is based in Wimborne Minster in Dorset and was founded in 1878 wining the FA Vase 1992.

The New Cuthbury

Make it a day out: Wimborne Minster is a market town in Dorset in South West England, and the name of the Church of England church in that town. It lies at the confluence of the River Stour and the River Allen, 5 miles north of Poole, on the Dorset Heaths. The town is rich with history, dating back to the beginning of the 8th century when the sisters of the King of the West Saxons endowed a monastery here. Since then, Wimborne is known for being a market town, having fantastic eateries, and it’s rightful ‘In Bloom’ success.

The postcode of the ground is BH21 2FU and the 70-mile journey from Yate should take about 2 hours. The ground is on Ainsley Road.